How to be friends and co-workers plus our 'best of' book lists


In this episode we talk about how to be both friends and co-workers successfully. We also share our 'best of' book lists. And speaking of sharing, we'd love if you would share your favorite Around the Table episode with a friend this week!

What you’ll hear:

  • Jacey's pantry confessions
  • The final installment of Jacey's new dentist saga
  • Thoughts on balancing co-worker/friend relationships
  • Tips for being successful friends and co-workers
  • Our 'best-of' book lists

Can I quote you on that?

  • "We are friends first...and then we are podcast co-hosts." - Maggie
  • "It's never 'just business.' You have to care about people first, otherwise they're going to become collateral damage." - Jacey
  • "Don't have difficult conversations via text or email." - Maggie
  • "You have to learn to dissociate from your idea. Just because you don't like my idea, doesn't mean you don't think I'm smart or value me as a contributor." - Jacey
  • "The other people on your team are there to be sounding boards and are there to tell you if one of your ideas is a bad idea." - Maggie
  • "Communicate clearly and praise often." - Jacey
  • "There is something in our collective belief system as a culture that says you cannot dispute my feelings." - Jacey


  • "Women, stop saying 'just' so much, you sound like children"
  • Maggie's 'best of' book list:
    • #1 favorite of all time: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    • Top feel good: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Anne Shaffer; anything by Dee Henderson
    • Most life changing: The Srewtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
    • Favorite classic: Emma, Jane Austen
    • Best page-turner: The Dead Don’t Dance and Maggie, Charles Martin
    • Favorite series: The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis; Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
    • Favorite nonfiction book: anything by Shauna Niequist
    • Favorite childhood book: Anne of Green gables,  The Boxcar Children, The Babysitters Club, The Saddle Club, The Secret garden, Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague, Go Dog Go, The Very Bad Bunny
    • Best memoir: A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken
    • Best book turned into a movie: The Help, Kathryn Stockett
    • Jacey's 'best of' book list:
        • #1 favorite of all time: Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
        • Top feel-good: Bread and Wine, Shauna Niequist
        • Most life changing: Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
        • Favorite classic: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Macbeth, William Shakespeare; The Awakening Kate Chopin; Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
        • Best page-turner: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
        • Favorite series: A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O' Connor; I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Sloane Crosley
        • Favorite non-fiction: Essentialism, Greg Mckeown; The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin; Quiet, Susan Cain
        • Favorite childhood book: The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin; The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver; The Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett; James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
        • Best memior: The Liars' Club, Mary Karr; Bossypants, Tina Fey; The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
        • Best book turned into a movie: The Time Travelers Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

    Thoughts, questions, comments?

    Show notesMaggie McDaris